34 Restaurants Where You Can Catch Live Music

Plenty of great performances are happening each week on this side of the Potomac.

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Where: 901 N. Glebe Road (Ballston)

When: First Friday of the month

Sounds Like: Cover bands

Cover Charge: None

Catch live tunes once a month at this nearly 2 1/2-year-old taproom, which usually gets rolling around 7 or 8 p.m. the first Friday of each month. Call to find out who’s on the roster.

Crystal City Sports Pub

Where: 529 23rd St. S., Arlington (Crystal City)

When: Tuesdays and (occasionally) Fridays, 8-11 p.m.

Sounds Like: Varies

Cover Charge: None

In addition to their new comedy nights each Friday, this mainstay of Crystal City’s “restaurant row” also hosts live music, including acoustic soloists, cover bands and rock outfits. Check Facebook or call for music updates.

Dogwood Tavern

Where: 132 West Broad St., Falls Church

When: Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 10 p.m.-Close  

Sounds Like: Acoustic, cover bands

Cover Charge: None

On Thursday nights, expect an acoustic set at the rooftop bar (weather permitting), with other groups performing Fridays and Saturdays inside. Check their online music calendar for details.

Evening Star

Where: 2000 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria (Del Ray)

When: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8-10 p.m.

Sounds Like: Varies

Cover Charge: None

This 22-year-old Del Ray restaurant sports an upstairs lounge, where you may hear blues, jazz, acoustic, cover bands or original rock at any point. Follow their Facebook page for the latest.

Freddie’s Beach Bar

Where: 555 23rd St. S., Arlington (Crystal City)

When: Nightly

Sounds Like: Varies

Cover Charge: Varies with event

They’re certainly known for their karaoke, but Freddie’s also has many other music events happening each week, including drag shows and their Gayborhood Night piano bar. Check their Facebook page for details.

Categories: Arts & Entertainment